Jun. 1 PCC press release
Aztec Press photo by JAMES KELLEY
TUCSON, AZ – The Pima Community College softball team wrapped up a successful season in May as the team finished with a #9 ranking and an overall record of 51-14. The Aztecs also had some great individual efforts as four players have been recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
PCC hurler, Marina Contreras (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sunnyside HS) led the award winners as she earned an NJCAA All-American, 1st Team honor to go along with her NFCA All-West Region, 1st Team award. The right handed pitcher led Pima in the circle as she finished 2011 with a record of 30-3 and she led the ACCAC in strikeouts.
Jessica Schneider (FR, Tucson, AZ, Sahuaro HS) joins Contreras on the NFCA All-West Region, 1st Team. Schneider started in six defensive positions for PCC and she earned her award as an outfielder. Schneider led PCC in batting average and homeruns in 2011.
A pair of sophomores earned NFCA All-West Region, 2nd Team honors. Charissa Ballesteros (Tucson, AZ, Rincon HS) and Mercedes Garcia (Tucson, AZ, Rincon HS) earned their nods as Ballesteros had a great second half as a hitter and she worked behind the plate in all but three of PCC’s 65 games. As the every-day first baseman, Garcia was the Aztecs top RBI producer and she finished the season second in homeruns.
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By JAMES SARGENT